The Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks last faced off in San Jose in early December, a tight 3-2 OT win. Before that was the 0-1 loss in San Jose the night before Thanksgiving, a game which saw Chicago battling back after suffering a crushing - and humiliating - 9-2 loss to Edmonton a few nights before.
Since that time, Chicago has played well enough to land themselves in constant competition for the number one position in the West. Likewise, the Sharks have finally found some smoother sailing after rough patches to start the season, and have now clawed their way to the top of the struggling Pacific division. Of course, they still have ex-Blackhawk (and Cup-winning) Antti Niemi sig...
It's back to back action for the Detroit Red Wings as they face their division rivals for the second of six meetings this season.
Detroit almost made a remarkable comeback against the Toronot Maple Leafs last night, but failed to respond to a third period goal by Joffrey Lupul. The Blackhawks are coming off a 4-0 loss to Colorado, but still hold the top spot in the division.
The Wings lost the first game in the series on December 30 in Chicago and will be looking for revenge, as well as the chance to improve in the division standings.
Pavel Datsyuk should have some momentum after last night's game where he had a pair of assists. Johan Franzen al...
The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings put on sixty minutes of playoff-like hockey in front of a season high 22,166 at the United Center Friday night and the Hawks prevailed in the end with a 3-2 victory.
For sixty minutes, it seemed as though the only stoppages in play were for the two intermissions. The game opened with five or six minutes of continuous, back-and-forth action before the first whistle was ever blown.
Justin Abdelkader gave the Red Wings the early lead half-way through the first period after a big rebound was given up by Hawks goalie Corey Crawford. It seemed to sit there in the slot forever after the initial Drew Miller ...
The Detroit Red Wings fall short in a fast-paced game with a 3 to 2 loss against the League-Leaders, the Chicago Blackhawks.
Photo Credit: Detroit Red Wings Official Website
First Period: The first period started very physical between the two teams. We even saw a fight from Bertuzzi and Carcillo. The first goal came after 9 minutes of play to the Red Wings. Abdelkader scored a goal with an assist from Miller. Only 5 minutes later, Toews headed towards the net and the refs made a terrible hooking call to Lidstrӧm, giving Toews a penalty shot. The penalty shot turned into a goal that tied the game. The Wings had the...
The Montreal Canadiens were in Chicago tonight, looking to break their three-game losing streak against the Blackhawks, but were unsuccessful in doing so, losing 5-1. Not only have the Canadiens lost a fourth straight game, but Interim Head Coach Randy Cunneyworth is still without his first career win, going 0-3 since the firing of Jacques Martin.
The game opened up with a relatively quiet first. Despite some good chances for both teams early on, the period would end scoreless. It was a good, back-and-forth twenty minutes of hockey with both teams registering seven shots on goal. There wasn't much in the way of action, as the only notable statistic on the score-sheet was a hooki...
Friday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks was arguably the most exciting game the Islanders have played in all season. The Islanders came into this game looking for their third straight win but came out with a well deserved point.
The Chicago native Al Montoya was the one chosen by Jack Capuano to start for the Isles. Montoya, playing in his third straight game, made some unbelievable saves throughout the whole matchup. Facing the Islanders was the 26 year old Corey Crawford.
But enough about the goaltenders, let's talk about the offense. It was a real positive to see the Islanders scoring creative goals. Poking at rebounds and capitalizing on special teams. In past games, the Isles have used the dump and chase method, which obviously has not been working. It was great to see players go to the next and try to make a play instead of players just throwing the puck at the net and hoping for the best.
Chicago's penalty kill has not been the best this season and the Islanders definitely capitalized, scoring two goals with the man advantage. But the Blackhawks had their share of capitalizing on special teams as well. Chicago was able to score a powerplay goal and a shorthanded goal against the Isles.
The goalscorers for the Islanders tonight were Kyle Okposo, Matt Moulson, PA Parenteau, and scoring his first goal of the season was Nino Niederreiter. Focusing on Okposo, it really seems as if he is in his required game shape. He is making plays and hustling much better than he had in the beginning of the season.
The Blackhawks offense never quits either; with goals coming from Andrew Brunette, Ben Smith, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Sharp.
So it came down to a shootout. Jonathan Toews was lone scorer and was able to claim victory over the New York Islanders, 5-4.
If the Islanders can play the way they have played in the last week for the rest of the season, they will be in good shape.
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Last night, Chicago took on the NY Islanders at the United Center and came away with a 5-4 win in a shootout. The game was a mess on both sides of the ice, starting with the Blackhawks' too many men penalty at 2:28 that led to a PPG to open up the scoring, and reflected in the lopsided stats that marked the whole game.
Early in the first, Chicago had a couple good looks at the net and, as has often happened this season, came out strong. But a bad shift change led to that 2MM penalty, and Kyle Okposo put the Islanders on the board first at 4:07. Chicago tied it up at 10:27 with a very pretty pair of passes from Danie...
Captain Serious, a.k.a. Jonathan Toews, gets paid the big bucks for many reasons. He scores goals, he sets up plays, he digs out the puck in corners in order to set up said plays and he shuts down some of the most lethal opposing offensive threats in the NHL.
Of course, you already knew that.
Good players in the NHL can provide offense for their teams throughout the season on a consistent basis. Great players can do the same thing, while scoring the big goal when their team really needs it to steal the win from their opponents grasp just before the buzzer.
And then there is Jonathan Toews. Somewhow, Captain Serious is able to do all of those things and more. A lot of pla...
Does anybody else find it odd that Daniel Carcillo is leading the team with +/-, at +5? Carcillo has been a pleasant surprise so far, playing - dare we say it - smart.
Last year, the main word that was used to describe the Chicago Blackhawks all season long was "consistency". The team didn't have it; couldn't get any major winning streaks going; and most of the time, couldn't put together a third period to finish off opponents, leaving points on the table strewn across the league.
This year, the Blackhawks have come out of the gate hot. There's a lot to be thrilled about as a fan - a lot of production; team chemistry on the ice clearly there from open...